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Old 03-15-2012, 04:27 PM   #3491 
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I wonder what kind of quality of life those fish have if the male and female are living together forever.. Can only imagine there's a lot of ripped fins and missing scales.

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Please don't assume to judge, the fish do not fight, I have one male in a tank on his own because he did not get along in the community tank, he is with 4 baby guppies for company.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:12 PM   #3492 
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Keeping male and female Bettas together is not recommended but that doesn't mean there aren't exceptions. I wouldn't trust most of my pairs to be kept together but have had a few that got along well even with 2 week old fry in the tank. Not to say you should try a bunch of different males and females to see which ones are compatible but it can be done without any damage to either party. Years of experience and knowing what to look for is key to success.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #3493 
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+1 to MollyJean, StarBetta, Bettalover2033, and Chard56.

Males and females really shouldn't be put together. They have a higher quality of life on their own, in a community, or with females a sorority.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:36 PM   #3494 
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I think the biggest problem I'm having with your methods, bolder, is that you got a new fish and put him right into a breeding tank (so to speak). There are so many things wrong with this. If you had only had the fish a day, how did you know it was even healthy? It just seems like a very reckless way to do things. And, as much as I hate accusing people of things.. It reminds me of a puppy mill.

What do you do with the fry when they're old enough to be adopted or sold?

How old do you consider "Old Age" in the case of the one that died?

And how often do you breed these fish?

I'm curious. I feel you may have started on the wrong foot and given some of us the wrong impression.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:15 PM   #3495 
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I think the biggest problem I'm having with your methods, bolder, is that you got a new fish and put him right into a breeding tank (so to speak). There are so many things wrong with this. If you had only had the fish a day, how did you know it was even healthy? It just seems like a very reckless way to do things. And, as much as I hate accusing people of things.. It reminds me of a puppy mill.

What do you do with the fry when they're old enough to be adopted or sold?

How old do you consider "Old Age" in the case of the one that died?

And how often do you breed these fish?

I'm curious. I feel you may have started on the wrong foot and given some of us the wrong impression.
I am wondering the same thing.. hate to butt in, but you bought a fish from a store and tried to breed it the same day? He could have been in that cup, underfed for who knows how long, and you want him to start the tiring task of breeding and raising a spawn? He needs to have his strength built up.. For all you know, he could have a hidden disease, like internal parasites.. threatening him, his mate, and his future spawn..
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:10 PM   #3496 
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I am sorry, you could not see the blue mat under the nesting site :( my bad.

Now I see. I still wouldn't recommend it, but it's what works for a breeder and the well being of the pair and fry.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:27 AM   #3497 
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I don't condition my fish, they get varied food all the time.
Just so you can see the different way I have my fish, this is the communal tank of 1 breeding, mom is in there also, dad died of old age.
There are more fish in that 4ft tank out of view.
I do not mollycoddle the babies, only the strong survive, there are to many weaker strains in the market, I have strong fish who adapt well to changes.
Hate to stay this but "only the strong survive" isn't that a tad harsh on the "weak" babies? Comes off like you couldn't care less about the fry that are "weak".
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:47 AM   #3498 
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Awww so cute! I love his name! :D
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Awww so cute! I love his name! :D

Awwwwww Thanks! It fits him lol
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